ProCare Nursing provide a number of training courses for our care support workers, and to those who need training in residential homes and nursing homes. We are writing this article now because we came across a BBC article written by the BBC in 2011, and an article that we actually use as part of the training material on our fire safety course.
In 2004 in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire there was a fire that broke out in a residential care home, the fire claimed 14 elderly lives. For seven years there were enquiries and collapsed lawsuits, but the final enquiry concluded that the deaths as result of the fire in 2004 were preventable if proper fire risks and assessments were carried out. Here are photos of the devastation the fire caused in side the care home.
You can read more about the exact in’s and out’s of this story by clicking the BBC news article link below.
However, here at ProCare Nursing we want to highlight the fact that undertaking training in fire safety can be life saving, our half day course will equip those who work in residential homes on how to spot fire hazards and make the environment they work in safe.
The course teaches many areas of fire safety, it stresses the importance of carrying out fire risk assessments, and how small changes make all the difference when keeping residents safe in nursing or residential homes, for example, the importance of keeping fire doors closed and the reasons why, we also teach fire evacuation procedures, these are crucial in the event of a fire as knowing exactly what to do can save someones life.
We also teach fire legislation and what is required to satisfy the law when it comes to fire safety. At the end of our fire safety awareness course participants will have knowledge of the following:
> Key Fire Legislation
> Fire Triangle
> Common Sources of materials for Fire
> Fire Evacuation Routes
> Fire Evacuation Procedures
> Fire Assembly Point
> Different types of Firefighting Equipment
> Practical demonstration of Ski Sledge Evacuation
The areas taught above can avoid tragedies like the one in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, we cannot stress enough the importance of fire risk assessment’s and how the simplest changes can reduce the risk of fire in nursing and residential homes saving lives. Elderly people should be closing out the years in their lives in peace and dignity, and not in a way as the elderly people in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire experienced unfortunately.
Contact Us to arrange a fire safety course for your nursing home or residential home
If you are a manager of a residential care home or a nursing home and require staff training in fire safety get in touch. We have our own in-house training facilities and training officers with years of experience training care support workers in fire safety. In the event of a fire at a care home the fire safety skills we teach can prevent a disaster and can save lives in the unfortunate event of a fire.